Welcome to Te Āpiti

Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge is a national taonga. Its unique geography and rich cultural history make it a must do for any trip to the Manawatū-Whanganui Region.

Car parks at the Ashhurst end to the west and Ferry Reserve to the east provide ease of access to a number of tracks and trails, as well as river reserves, and camping and BBQ facilities to help you explore and enjoy this unique landscape.

ALERT – Track Closure May 2022 | Track Closure – Due to removal of material from the Big Slip Lookout the Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge walking track will be closed to the public between 8am and 5pm Thursday 5 May, Friday 6 May and Monday 9 May. The track will be open on Saturday 7 May and Sunday 8 May. There will be signs at both ends of the Gorge walk and staff will be stationed at the entrances at both ends of the track to let people know about the closure.

ALERT – 10am Tuesday 15 February 2022 |Update – A large slip has been reported on the mountain bike track blocking access and this is now closed till further notice. Find out more on DoC’s website.

Explore before you visit te apiti - 3D Map
Ngā kōrero tuku iho mō Te Āpiti

The cultural history of Te Āpiti

Māori kōrero is filled with legends that show Aotearoa through spirits, magic and mysticism. The legend of Te Āpiti is no exception. Its story is filled with supernatural beings, curiosities of nature, and a connection to the land that goes far beyond what can be explained.